03 October 2010

Victoria Cross: T. Flawn and F. Fitzpatrick


Private, 94th Foot

Born: 22 December 1857, Irthlingborough, Northamptonshire
Died: 19 January 1925, Plumstead, SE London


Private, 94th Foot

Born: 1859, Tullycorbet, County Monaghan, Ireland
Died: 10 July 1933, Glasgow

Citation: In recognition of their gallant conduct during the attack on Sekukuni's Town on the 28th November last [1879], in carrying out of action Lieutenant Dewar, 1st Dragoon Guards, when badly wounded.
At the time when he received his wound, Lieutenant Dewar had with him only Privates Flawn and Fitzpatrick, and six of the Native Contingent, and, being incapable of moving without assistance, the natives proceeded to carry him down the hill, when about thirty of the enemy appeared in pursuit about 40 yards in the rear, whereupon the men of the Native Contingent deserted Lieutenant Dewar, who must have been killed but for the devoted gallantry of Privates Flawn and Fitzpatrick, who carried him alternately, one covering the retreat and firing on the enemy.

[London Gazette issue 24814 dtd 24 Feb 1880, published 24 Feb 1880.]

Note: Sekukuni's Town was in what is now the Sekhukhune District Municipality, in South Africa.

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